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Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

A male rabbit is called a ‘buck’, a female is a ‘doe’ and babies are called ‘kittens’. In the wild, rabbits are social animals and live in groups. However, domestic rabbits do like their own space so great care must be taken if you decide that “two’s company”. Litter-mates are possibly the best option although […]

Some sensible advice about breeding

Some sensible advice about breeding

Think very carefully before you breed from your rabbit. The gestation (pregnancy) period for a rabbit is 32 days and a litter can be any size between 2 and 9 so make sure you have good homes for all the possible babies. You will usually need a larger hutch and more food for the rabbit; […]

Vital Vaccinations

Vital Vaccinations

All rabbits should have annual vaccinations against myxomatosis and VHD. The first injection can be given at 10 weeks, the second 3 – 4 weeks later. Ask your vet not to do both injections together as this can cause side effects. Both diseases are highly contagious and do not need ‘rabbit-to-rabbit’ contact to spread; they […]

Feeding your rabbit

Feeding your rabbit

Whether you feed once or twice a day, it is important to refill your rabbit’s pot at the same time every day.  Rabbits are creatures of habit and they know when it is breakfast or dinner time! Most pet shops sell a number of complete foods, but remember that hay and water should also be […]

The bedding your rabbit will need

The bedding your rabbit will need

Your rabbit’s hutch will be its home so make sure it is really comfortable. for bedding, wood shaving are ideal as they are clean and absorbent. Sometimes straw and hay on the top of the shaving help with insulation. If shavings are difficult to obtain, shredded paper is an option if used not on its […]

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Some good advice on housing your rabbit

Most reputable pet shops sell good quality hutches ideal for the pet rabbit in the garden. As rabbits can have a long life span, make sure you buy one which is sturdy, secure (from animals trying to get in as well as the rabbit trying to escape) and waterproof.There are many different styles of hutch, the […]

How to handle your rabbit

How to handle your rabbit

When taking a rabbit out of a hutch it should always feel safe. Approach it from the front placing one hand under its stomach and the other supporting its hind quarters – to stop it reversing – and take most of the weight. Gently lift it and bring it forward into your body so it cannot […]

What to look for in a rabbit

What to look for in a rabbit

Where possible ask to see the mother of the baby as this will give you a guide to the size your baby will grow to when mature. Also, if she is healthy and happy, the babies will have had a good start and stand a better chance of survival. Check that the baby rabbit’s eyes […]

which-breed

Which breed?

There are over 50 breeds of rabbit and over 500 varieties. They vary greatly in size, colour and coat and can weigh anything from 2 pounds to 16 lb-plus like the Vlaamse reus on the right. You need to think about who the rabbit is for and what they will expect from it. For example, […]

buying-a-rabbit

Buying a Rabbit

Before buying a rabbit there are many points to consider. Like all animals, a Rabbit will make demands upon your time. It will need daily food and fresh water, regular grooming and company. And of course, its hutch and pen will need regular cleaning in all weathers. Rabbits can live to between 8 and 10 […]